It’s not (that!) long now. Your adolescents will be B-A-C-K and revved up for a brand new school year. You can take advantage of their energy by showing them how to publish their own books. You probably already have the tools you need, such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop.
Author/educator Sheri McGuinn, in a recent article in Literacy Today (July/August, 2015), sees the benefits of self-publishing beyond the obvious opportunity to develop reading, writing, and communication skills. McGuinn believes that self-publishing projects can “help teens feel a sense of belonging . . . through projects that preserve the stories of their cultures or give voice to their unique concerns.” She also points out that self-publishing projects can promote cultural awareness. “. . . sharing stories in an anthology can help students understand one another better through their similarities and differences.”
So, there you are with students’ written, edited, and illustrated works. Now what? You have several options. Check the prices of each one and compare.
What to publish?
Meet with students and have them generate a few ideas. They might opt for photojournals, nonfiction books focused on subjects they’re passionate about, music . . . who knows? Whatever they decide, a creative, original project like this guarantees you’ll be off to a roaring start as another innovative year unfolds.
Write back and let us know what you decide. And where we can find your students’ books!
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